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Washington DC
Washington DC is a hub for American politics and history. Attracting as many school field trips as it does travelers the district offers a peek into the country’s democratic origin. There are plenty of free museums to take advantage of but the real draw here is the memorials and monuments dedicated to great American leaders. Spend some contemplative time at the Reflecting Pool within the National Mall, among the most patriotic places in the country.

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Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Attraction type: Monuments & Statues
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National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art
One of the world's greatest art museums is comprised of two buildings: one holds paintings from the 13th through the 18th centuries and the other exhibits modern art.
Attraction type: Art Museums
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Library of Congress
Library of Congress
Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day. more Owner description: Though the Library of Congress doesn't own every book ever published, it sure has most of them, with 532 miles of shelves and 115 million items, with 7,000 added each working day. less
Attraction type: Government Buildings; Libraries
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National Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum
The most popular of the Smithsonian museums features the Wright Brothers' 1903 Flyer and Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis.
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human... more Owner description: A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Tickets are only needed from March 1 to August 31 to visit the Museum's Permanent Exhibition, which tells the history of the Holocaust from 1933 to 1945. Exhibitions Include: Permanent Exhibition: The Holocaust Spanning three floors, the self-guided Permanent Exhibition presents a narrative history of the Holocaust and features historical artifacts, photographs, and film footage. Personal objects and the concluding eyewitness testimonies highlight the stories of individuals. Recommended for ages 11 or older. The Portal: A Real-Time Conversation with People Forced to Flee Persecution The Shared Studios Portal allows you to have a face-to-face conversation with someone in another part of the world-as if you are standing in the same room. Through this installation, visitors will be able to converse in real time with displaced persons or refugees in Iraq, Jordan, and Germany Remember the Children: Daniel's Story Representing the experiences of many Jewish children during the Nazi era, "Daniel" narrates through his diary the history of the Holocaust in ways that children can understand. Recreated environments present life in a middle-class German home, in a Jewish ghetto in occupied Poland, and finally at the Auschwitz concentration camp. The exhibition is explicit without being graphic. Recommended for ages 8 or older. Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust Some Were Neighbors: Collaboration & Complicity in the Holocaust addresses one of the central questions about the Holocaust: How was it possible? The central role of Hitler and other Nazi Party leaders is indisputable. Less well understood is these perpetrators' dependence on countless others for the execution of Nazi racial policies. Within Nazi Germany and across German-dominated Europe, circles of collaboration and complicity rippled throughout governments and societies wherever victims of persecution and mass murder lived. less
Attraction type: History Museums; Specialty Museums
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Ambar Capitol Hill
Ambar Capitol Hill
Ranked #1 of 3,236 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Eastern European
Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Commissary
Commissary
Ranked #2 of 3,236 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: $20 - $25
Cuisines: American, Bar
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Fiola
Fiola
Ranked #3 of 3,236 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: $32 - $95
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Joe's Seafood Prime Steak & Stone Crab
Ranked #4 of 3,236 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: Steakhouse, American, Seafood
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Capital Grille
The Capital Grille
Ranked #5 of 3,236 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price: $25 - $100
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Hotel Hive
3.5 of 5
Hotel Hive
$120 - $281
Ranked #1 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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Capitol Hill Hotel
3.5 of 5
Capitol Hill Hotel
$104 - $397
Ranked #10 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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The River Inn
3.5 of 5
The River Inn
$125 - $320
Ranked #17 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

The Avery Georgetown
4.0 of 5
The Avery Georgetown
$200 - $566
Ranked #6 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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Embassy Suites by Hilton Chevy Chase Pavilion
3.5 of 5
Embassy Suites by Hilton Chevy Chase Pavilion
$156 - $400
Ranked #7 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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The Watergate Hotel Georgetown
5.0 of 5
The Watergate Hotel Georgetown
$181 - $678
Ranked #8 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC
$486 - $975
Ranked #2 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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The Hay-Adams
5.0 of 5
The Hay-Adams
$355 - $565
Ranked #3 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
5.0 of 5
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
$377 - $1,164
Ranked #4 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
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